Each growing year is unique and 2017 was no exception. It was one of the coolest and wettest year in contrast to the worst drought on record in 2016. Our rain barrels and three water holding tanks filled and were not really required for most of the summer. I think it was July when I suddenly realized I needed to water the pots because Mother Nature had turned off her tap.
In recent years, we have developed an apiary. Blossom Hill honey bees are providing honey and beeswax candles.
Blossom Hill specializes in delphiniums and peonies as well as many other hardy perennials. Our plants, including delphiniums and peonies are grown in our own fields. The peonies are propagated by either division or grafting but not by micro-propagation. Although the peonies are available for purchase during the entire growing season they are only dug in the fall as that is the best time of year to propagate them. We offer mail order services to Canadian destinations, as well as direct sales from our farm. Many years ago, we added British strain Delphinium elatum to our gardens. They possess stronger stems, larger florets and are hardier than other Delphinium elatum. We have been hybridizing our own stain ever since. Our delphiniums have won the only two Bronze Medallions from The Delphinium Society (UK) awarded in Canada.
We are excited to include new varieties of peonies to this year’s catalogue. Each year more varieties reach maturity in the field, so they can be added to the catalogue. We now have more than 600 varieties (6000 plants) including species, tree, herbaceous and Itoh (Intersectional) peonies. The collection produces an amazing show. Most peonies flower in the month of June but some bloom in late May and early July. Delphiniums tend to flower from mid-June to mid-July and again in late summer and autumn. Our peonies have won American and Canadian Championships.
Check out our award winning peonies and delphiniums on our webpage or even better, tour our gardens. We are open by appointment or chance starting May, 2018. To highlight the peak bloom seasons we are once again inviting everyone to a Peony Open Garden event in June and a Delphinium Open Garden event in July. The exact dates will be posted later.
Our catalogue continues to be in a plant list format without pictures to
reduce printing expenses. However, photographs of many of our plants are
posted on our website for your information and enjoyment.
Last updated Saturday, June 16, 2018